Review: Hot as Hades (Four Horsemen MC #2) by Cynthia Rayne

September 5, 2014 Review 1

Review: Hot as Hades (Four Horsemen MC #2) by Cynthia Rayne

Cowboy is a former rodeo star and a member of the Four Horsemen MC. He spots Daisy Weston stripping in a club owned by the club’s rivals, the Raptors. They have taken her younger sister, Rose, and Daisy is determined to free her at any cost. With Cowboy acting as her bodyguard and guide to the outlaw world, she is getting closer to discovering Rose’s whereabouts, one lap dance at a time. Despite his better judgment, Cowboy finds himself falling for the pretty ex-marine and putting her in harm's way every night is becoming more and more difficult. Can they rescue Rose, before the Raptors discover they are really working for the Four Horsemen?

Title: Hot as Hades
Author: Cynthia Rayne
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sweet Perdition
Published by Snippy and Snarky Ink
Source: Author
Published: 5 September, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 330
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this series, I hadn’t read the first book but the blurb and reviews for it had me intrigued.  Fortunately, at this point, you can read this book as a stand-alone, and not be lost or confused with the characters.  Cynthia Rayne introduces each new character to our heroine, giving her and readers enough background information to understand how they fit into the story and the club.

The Four Horsemen MC are a group of outlaw bikers, not always known for their stellar choices, but determined to avoid the worst of the behaviors other outlaw clubs participate in.  While they run moonshine and are occasionally participate in some less than legal activities, their determination to protect the family (club members and associates) and bring a little karmic justice to those who are abusing, using or otherwise mistreating women and children gives them a ‘mission’ that the reader can relate to, even  if their methods aren’t necessarily legal.

Cowboy is a brother in the Four Horsemen: word has traveled to them that women are being sold into prostitution and abused by the Raptors at their club, and the Horsemen are looking to shut this operation down.  A newer member, with the ability to keep his head in the game, Cowboy is a former rodeo rider and trick shooter with a boatload of baggage.  When he spots and is drawn to Daisy on the stage, she encourages him to ‘enter the champagne’ room: both are looking for answers. And it is game on from this point forward.

I adored Daisy: her take charge and fearless approach showed her confidence and fighting skills honed in the marines, but her attitude could get her seriously injured. The sexual tension between she and Cowboy is palpable and while there are scary moments early in the story, the real tension is the interplay and push-pull between these two.  Her single-minded determination to find her sister keeps driving her forward, and the club members aren’t convinced pairing with her is safe, but when cowboy vouches for her, they agree to allow her to continue.

From here, the story combines Daisy’s learning to manoeuver within the rigidly defined rules of the club, meeting other women who are also tied to the club, and dealing with the many dangers her lack of acquiescence to the cave-man tactics of the Raptors and their interactions with women almost prove her undoing more than once.  But, they do manage to find Rose and pull her from the jaws of a surprisingly unexpected abuser: and Daisy sees the clear difference between obsession and love, and realizes for herself that she has mistaken the two for years, and run from them both.

What a ride this story was: the tension from the search for Rose, and the sexual tension between Rose and Cowboy, the reality of the ‘biker codes’, language, and prospects, and the stringent lines of command are all so well incorporated into the story that readers understand the structure.  Giving Daisy some ‘softer’ moments with the founder’s widow, some club member’s daughters and Elizabeth, the newly accepted ‘old lady’ gave some needed estrogen time to Daisy, where she could ask questions, get advice and let down her guard a small bit.  The growing relationship with Cowboy, and the quiet moments where they share their pasts, learning more about what keeps them separate and the ‘family’ ties that draw them both together are beautifully written, giving readers a desire to see these two finally step forward and be together.

While not without its violent and difficult moments, this story was hard to put down, and harder not to like.  Gritty moments carefully balanced by sweeter and softer displays of affection and regard all work together to make a story that is hard to forget and encourages you to read more.


One Response to “Review: Hot as Hades (Four Horsemen MC #2) by Cynthia Rayne”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I just started reading biker romance with Joanna Wylde and Kristen Ashley books. This looks good too. Thanks for sharing, Gaele!